Santa brings sailor home for Christmas

MEDICINE LODGE, Kan. (KWCH) A sailor returning home for the Christmas Holiday surprised his niece and nephew with the help of Santa Claus.

Nick Noland of Medicine Lodge, Kansas is a Religious Program Specialist with the United States Navy serving in Okinawa with the Marine Air Wing 172 Firebirds.

When he called his father to tell him he would be getting the chance to return home, Kevin Noland says he knew he had to do everything in his power to make it happen.

"We hadn't seen Nick for a year so we were all excited for him to come home," says Noland.

The family, including his fiancee Natalie Bare had not seen Nick for over a year.

At the airport, he was met by friends and family eager to see him. Noland says a party was set up in celebration of his homecoming.

He especially knew Nick's 5-year-old niece Baylee and 8-year-old nephew Kycen would be looking forward to seeing their uncle.

Noland says he called a family friend to help organize a surprise for Nick's two favorite people.

In a video posted to Youtube, Santa Claus is seen bringing the children gifts for being good boys and girls. He sits down, talking with the children about what they wanted for the upcoming holiday.

Santa then tells the kids that the reason he is at their home is that he received a very special package from the North Pole.

When he goes outside to retrieve the special gift, the kids are surprised to see their uncle Nick come through the door.

You can see lots of hugs and tears as everyone joins in to welcome their sailor home.

Nick Noland and fiancé Natalie Bare
Photo Courtesy: Kevin Noland
Photo Courtesy: Kevin Noland